AG Notes

Census of Agriculture forms coming in June

Producers can complete the Census of Agriculture questionnaire starting next month.

The community-level data is used to make better-informed decisions for farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations.

Farm organizations use the census data for policy work, communications and market development. Governments use it when developing programs related to farm support and evaluating the impact of natural disasters on agriculture.

Data also helps spot trends, emerging issues and challenges in the agricultural community.

The census covers topics such as land use, crops, livestock, agricultural labour, machinery and equipment, land management practices and farm finances.

The confidential census can be completed by anyone responsible for the management decisions of a farming operation.

For more information, visit Statistic Canada’s website.

Open Farm Days Seeks hosts

Producers and ag-tourism operators have until May 31 to sign up as a host for Alberta Open Farm Days, which will be held Aug. 20-21 this year.

The event gives urban visitors the opportunity to experience rural Alberta and for producers to showcase their operations.

Last year’s event included 72 host farms and 18 culinary events, which drew more than 10,000 visits and $100,000 in on-farm sales.

The event is a partnership between the provincial tourism and agriculture departments, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and Agriculture for Life.

Angus association election results

Bob Hahn of Alberta has been elected for a second three-year term on the Canadian Angus Association board of directors, and Dale Easton of Saskatchewan will join the board.

Hahn operates HR Hahn Cattle Co. near Sherwood Park, Alta., and is a chartered accountant with his own practice. He served on the Alberta Angus Association board from 2008-12.

Easton operates Eastondale Angus with his family. He recently retired from the Saskatchewan Angus Association board after serving an eight-year term and was president from 2012-14.

Feds fund greenhouse gas emissions research

Federal funding of $27 million over five years is intended to help producers reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.

The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program funds research at universities, provincial governments, research institutions and conservation groups into practices and technologies to alleviate greenhouse gas emissions on the farm.

The money will be used for 18 projects in four priority areas for farmers: livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency and agro-forestry.

The new funding supports the objectives of the global research alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases, which comprises 46 countries that help farmers grow more food without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

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